Legendary spinner Shane Warne died on March 4 from a heart attack. Here, we pay tribute to some of his most iconic wickets and spells.
5. Warne sets up Darren Powell
In the 2005 West Indies tour of Australia, Warne dismissed Darren Powell by bowling him around his legs – after perplexing the nightwatchman with a flipper, leg-break, and slider. He picked up another 7 wickets in the match.
4. Warne bamboozles Pakistan in 2002
Warne asserted his dominance over Pakistan in the third Test of Australia’s 2002 tour of Sri Lanka and the UAE. He took 8 wickets, was awarded the player of the match as well as series, and Australia won by an innings and 20 runs.
3. Warne delivers magic to dismiss Chanderpaul
Warne bowled a surreal spinning leg-break to remove Shivarine Chanderpaul, in the West Indies tour of Australia in 1996.
2. Warne’s 4/29 vs South Africa, 1999 ICC World Cup Semifinal, Edgbaston
South Africa were chasing a sub-par total of 213, and the opening pair of Gibbs and Kirsten put Australia under immediate pressure. Warne ripped through the famed top order, picking up the scalps of Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Hansie Cronje and Jacques Kallis. SA limped to 213 but could not cross over to a winning total, with Allan Donald run out on the penultimate delivery of the innings. Australia were favoured in the tie thanks to their higher standing on the league table. Warne’s match-winning efforts carried them into the WC final, and his side went on to lift the trophy.
1. Warne’s most famous – the Gatting ball
24-year-old Warne, playing in his first ever Ashes Test, brought the world to its knees with what has been widely regarded since as the ball of the century. On June 9th 1993 at Old Trafford, Manchester, the young leggie was included as the lone spinner in the side with only 11 Tests under his belt. Off his very first ball of the innings, Warne stunned Mike Gatting with a perfect legbreak. After pitching outside leg , the ball hit the rough and angled in sharply to the right-hander, going to on to clip the top of off-stump. Warne picked up a total of 6 wickets in the Test, eventually winning the man of the match for his efforts.